Plastic shelves are the next big thing, and in a matter of weeks, they’re going to become an increasingly ubiquitous fixture in the healthcare industry.
Plastic molding machines can make or break plastic products and have the potential to transform the way we do business, making it easier to get the right products into the hands of patients and the right places at the right time.
That’s because molding can be a labor-intensive process, requiring skilled labor and high-quality materials.
Now, a new class of molding equipment called Plastic Shelving Platforms (PSPs) is emerging to help companies cut down on molding costs, reduce the time it takes to mold a product, and make molding easier.
“Plastic shelves have changed the way that we do medical research and development, which is an industry that has been very slow to evolve in the last 20 years,” said Diane Bresnahan, chief technology officer of Plastic Shelves, a San Francisco startup.
While molding is an expensive process, the machines can be used to produce new and innovative products that can be tested on a regular basis.
In addition, PSPs are a way to get a lot of new materials into the market at the same time, as they are inexpensive and easy to produce.
The machines are becoming a way of producing high-volume products quickly and cheaply, Bresnahans said.
Plastic Shelves was founded by Lori Fritchey, who has been developing a molding system that has a shelf that can accommodate plastic products up to 1,000 times its original size.
She’s already received orders from medical facilities around the world and plans to ship a prototype to a medical center in December.
With the help of $5 million in startup funding from Stanford’s Stanford Center for Sustainable Technologies, Plastics Shelves plans to develop a manufacturing process for the PSPs, which it plans to sell at a discount to other molding companies.
Bret Hoch, CEO of Plastic Products Corp., a California company that manufactures molding machinery, said that PSPs have become a major part of his company’s business.
I think the technology that’s coming along is going to really change the way people do business,” Hoch said.
Hoch added that molding has become a very labor- and cost-intensive industry, which has allowed PSPs to offer low-cost materials.
According to Hoch and Bresnaahans, molding systems can cost between $300 and $500.
Fritcheys prototype PSP is about the size of a large washing machine.
It can hold about 10,000 square feet of plastic and can be assembled in a couple of hours.
Each PSP costs between $600 and $900 to manufacture, depending on the size and material of the plastic.
When the PSP arrives at a medical facility, it can be cleaned, sanitized and then tested on the patient.
For now, Plastic Shelve will only manufacture PSPs for use at medical facilities, but the company plans to eventually expand its line to hospitals.
Once the PSM is used at a hospital, Hoch said that Plastic Sheloves can be easily assembled at home and then moved to other hospitals, where it can begin to be used on other patients.
Although the company has been working on a few prototypes, Hoch hopes to have a full-scale system in place by the end of the year.
As for why PSPs became so popular, Hockenberry said that the market is dominated by the industrial plastics industry.
A lot of the new plastic products we’re making, we can’t get into the consumer market,” Hockensberry said.
“The consumer is more interested in the industrial side of things.
Plastic Shelters are going to be a way for us to really capture the consumer side of plastic.”
Hockenberries plans to offer PSPs in a variety of sizes to hospitals and clinics as well as to retailers.
PSPs have the added benefit of being able to help hospitals and other medical facilities with the processing and delivery of patient care.
At the same, the PSMs will be an ideal tool for medical schools, where the ability to process the materials quickly and easily could save a lot in the long run.
But Hoch is not convinced that Plastic Wallets are the answer to all of the problems plaguing molding.
Hocking said that molders often use a large number of different types of materials to make the product.
To get the best product, you need to use different types and shapes of materials, which can make it very expensive and difficult to produce a quality product, Hocking said.
Plastic Wallets will allow molders to focus on making a specific